East StratCom disinformation claim:
The population of Ukraine is mainly ethnic Russians, majority of them sees the current government as a banderite occupation. One of Russia’s main goals has to be de-nazification of Ukraine.
Documentation for claim
Period/date: 2. March 2017
In the last Ukrainian census, carried out in 2001, 8.3 million people (17.3% of the population) identified as ethnic Russians http://www.rferl.org/a/map-ukraine-percentage-who-identify-as-ethnic-russians-or-say-russian-is-their-first-language-/25323841.html. The elections in 2014 were characterised by the OSCE as showing the “clear resolve of the authorities to hold what was a genuine election largely in line with international commitments and with a respect for fundamental freedoms.”// The reoccuring disinformation that Ukraine is ruled by nazis is disproven by the facts. The far-right Right Sector often depicted as “fascists” or nazis by pro-Kremlin outlets gained only 1.8% of the votes, far short of the threshold needed to enter parliament. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.2753/RUP1061-1940510502
Documentation for the debunk
published by Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty
published by Taylor & Francis Online
This information is reported by Pavel Spirin, former journalist in Disinformation Review issue 61. The item is located at row number 33 in the report.